If you want to make an Argentine laugh, tell him that mate is a sparkling, berry-flavored energy drink that comes in a yellow can. Yeah, you know that brand I’m talking about. In Argentina, where mate (pronounced “mah-tay”) is the best part of waking up, the beverage stays true to its original form: a hot, bitter, caffeinated herbal soup prepared inside a little hollowed out … Continue reading Argentina’s weird and wonderful world of yerba mate
Is there a trick to finding cheap airfare? Well, yes and no. I know that’s an annoying answer. But after years of ticket searching practice for short and long trips in diverse parts of the world, I would say there are various tricks you can use depending on your individual circumstances. What worked for your friend when he booked his vacation may not work for … Continue reading Insider tips on how to find cheap flights
Armelle Cruse and Martine Cazeneuve are two women from the famous Médoc wine region of Bordeaux in France who believe that it’s time for Bordeaux’s ancient châteaux and cellar doors be flung wide open to tourists. Part of a small women’s wine tourism group known as Les Médocaines, Armelle is a born and bred Bordeaux babe. One of five daughters who live in the family’s … Continue reading Hanging out (and drinking and eating) in France’s Medoc wine region
Finally, I was taking my boyfriend to India, after many months of planning and waiting and visa applications and passport renewals. Finally, he would experience and understand the chaos, and food, that I knew and loved so much. Because we were wrapping up a Workaway gig in Spain right before the India trip, we had tickets for a 6pm train from Alicante to Barcelona on … Continue reading Road Trip to India, from Spain! Well sort of.
Heading to Thailand for the first time and need some ideas? After spending time in Chiang Mai, Bangkok and the beach town of Pranburi, I’ve got some tips to share with you. But the most important advice: EAT! Eat as much of the street food as you can physically manage, walk around for 15 minutes and then go eat MORE. Don’t worry, you can’t get … Continue reading Squid on a Stick & Monkey Islands: 9 Tips For Your First Visit to Thailand
I still maintain that it takes a lot less money than you might imagine to hop around the world, but what it definitely does take is TIME. So when you don’t have that slippery commodity of time to lounge about on the beaches of Brazil or ride horses in Portugal, when you’ve got only the weekend to play with, what CAN you do to satiate … Continue reading 7 Instant Ideas for Weekend Adventure
India has the world’s largest railway system, and even if you book 2 months in advance, the earliest allowed, you can still end up on a waiting list. My advice is to get a local to help you. Make a friend, ask a local couch surfer. It will be much easier that way to get the seats and dates/times that you want. My friend … Continue reading How to (more comfortably) travel by train in India